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Lewis Baker on loan at Vitesse from Chelsea.

Video: Lewis Baker scores stunning free-kick for Vitesse

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Chelsea have had a disappointing start to the season under new manager Antonio Conte.

The Italian came in over the summer to replace interim boss Guus Hiddink, who was drafted in after Jose Mourinho was sacked just before Christmas due to losing nine of their first 16 Premier League games.

Despite the Blues' indifferent start to the season, they produced an emphatic 3-0 win over defending Premier League champions Leicester this weekend, with goals coming from Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and almost-forgotten man, Victor Moses.

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It seems as though Moses is finally getting a chance to have a run in the team. The Nigerian was signed by the club from Wigan Athletic in 2012, but has only featured 53 times in that time period, having been sent out on loan to Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham.

The west London side have been widely criticised for their loan policy and currently have as many as 38 players out on loan this season.

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It could be argued that this is good for the players' long-term development, and getting regular game time is good for them, however, it puts their future with the club into jeopardy, particularly as they have been known in the past to splash the cash, rather than embedding youth into the first team.

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However, one Chelsea loanee who appears to be having a rather good time away from the club currently, is England U-21 international, Lewis Baker.

The 21-year-old midfielder is currently out on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem and this is his second year with the club. 

So far this season, he has played nine times and scored an impressive five goals, four of which came in his last four games.

England U21 Training Session and Press Conference

And one of those came yesterday in the club's 2-2 draw with AZ Alkmaar - direct from a free-kick.

Baker stepped up, around 25-yards out, to bend the ball around the wall and into the bottom right corner.

It was impressive technique from the young midfielder and can be seen in the video below.

And as always, fans took to Twitter to leave their thoughts on the youngster's display.

Conte's philosophy thus far seems positive for the youngster's coming through at Stamford Bridge. 

The likes of Nathaniel Chalobah, Ola Aina and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are starting to see more first-team action and if Baker continues his good form all season, it wouldn't be a surprise if we see him featuring for the Blues next year.

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